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The Gender and Development Focals of the Authority continue to conduct activities for gender awareness and promote gender sensitivity in the workplace. This is in support to the annual celebration of Philippine Women’s Month spearheaded by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) which recognizes the vital contribution of women in nation building and bringing optimism in many sectors.

 

The Authority kicked-off the activity through a simple ribbon cutting ceremony of the FPA Wonder Women Exhibit led by Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan and GAD-FPS Chair Maria Theresa Oliveros at the FPA Function Hall on March 1.

 

The exhibit showcased six women employees who have been with the agency for more than 35 years. They are Aida Ordas (40 years), Alisa Sibal (40 years), Bella Fe Carmona (40 years), Josephine Guntan (38 years), Leonora Japon, (38 years), Regina Lagance (37 years), and Aurea Cagayat (36 years).

 

GAD FPS prepared the Cine Juana, enabling FPA employees to reflect on the various social realities concerning women empowerment, gender sensitivity and equality, and the pushing of LGBTQ rights.

 

On March 8, FPA-GADFPS organized the Sebisyo para kay Juana to honor the hardworking women of FPA. The following services were offered during the event: free massage and blood pressure check-up, free makeover, free sugar level check up, free body analysis and free diet consultation. These were sponsored by Honorio Lopez Technical Institute, Mary Kay Philippines, BF Pharmaceuticals, Amway Philippines, and Healthsmart Wellness Center (Herbalife).

 

Finally, a seminar-workshop on Gender Sensitivity and Mainstreaming was also conducted on March 21. Frances Noelle G. Escalera, GAD Focal from the Benguet State University (BSU), served as the resource person, who discussed the importance of developing sensitivity in perceiving existing gender issues. She also explained existing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to gender and women’s rights.